The Sunshine Factor

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Yoooo-Hooo! All January Birthday People: Please Check In

who has a January birthday?  Let Sunshine Factor know

who has a January birthday? Let Sunshine Factor know

Howdy doody,

The new website that The Sunshine Factor will be a part of in January, has space for me to have a birthday column. If you or anyone you know (or know of, such as a figure in history) has a birthday in January, please consider letting me know. When you are letting me know, you can use either their last name or last initial. If it’s someone else’s birthday, you can mention, if you would like, your relationship to them. (My dad’s birthday is January 13, and I still celebrate it even though he lives in heaven now — so I would say, “my father, Richard (or Richard L), January 13th.”)

I have a habit of praying for people who I know are celebrating birthdays, even if I knew them as a child. It helps me feel close to them. I would love to also celebrate you or someone in your life.

Thank you,
Debb


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Sunshine Factor Blog Turns One Today!

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I thank God above for Sunshine Factor reaching its first milestone. A year ago today my first post went public; I had no idea what life in the blogging world would bring, but I’ve loved my first year! I have met so many nice people through WordPress; I am humbled to have received 160 followers (not counting my Facebook peeps). I have written 575 posts so far, which leads me to believe I do have something to say. 🙂  In the past year I’ve started some other blogs, I collaborate with Eric in the Story Squared blog, and I collaborate with Lyn in the Sunday Showcase blog.  Adventures aplenty abound!  🙂

Blogging has turned my world upside-down (in a good way), and I am so thankful for all of you out there and for the chance to share some of my writing. I have also learned a lot from you, and I cherish our friendship.

I recently changed my blog theme to include some of my favorite things: castles and tartans! Let’s see how long I keep this theme! LOL

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Debb

 

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Commonality

The farmer in the dell

The choir director in the choir loft

My cats in their sleepy nap places

The writer in her favorite writing spots

The housewife in the house

The flowers in the garden

The bus driver in his bus

The baby in its bassinet

The page in the chapter in the book:

What have all these things and people in common?

They are right where they are supposed to be

Not second-guessing

but accepting

and growing and thriving

They are doing what they are called to do

and even if they can’t think about it

(i.e. flowers)

they are all the richer

for being in their right place at their right time

Isn’t it nice to know we each have a purpose

even if we haven’t spotted it yet?

Never fear, friend so dear

You are purposeful too

and I am very glad our paths crossed!

—DJLS

 

 


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New Concept

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Hi folks! This post is written to discuss Sunday Showcase, my other blog.

There are many people on WordPress who are gifted and yet humble. They are shy to turn their own works in to be posted by me each Sunday. Posts you think are great, written by other people, are still welcome. But it dawned on me, why shouldn’t we post our own writings? I know we don’t want to brag on ourselves. However, here are the reasons why you would not be bragging if you turned in one of your favorite posts that you wrote:

1. Having a blog, and making friends on other blogs, is part of being in a social network. And one way of getting to know people is sharing with each other.

2. In the blogosphere, of course you have choices. You can mark your blog as private, or you can open up. It’s entirely up to you. But your friends “out there” benefit from reading your works, even if you don’t want a following.

3. I think of the famous writer’s rule: “Show, don’t tell.” Posting on a blog is showing. 🙂

Hope to hear from you soon,
Debb


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Birthday Cards

This year I received some very special birthday cards.

I received two from my mom and dad.

Dave and our cats gave me two.

One friend gave me a very beautiful card with a photo on it suitable for framing-

a bright red cardinal.

My Facebook page was full of greetings.

Last but certainly not least,

I received two email birthday cards.

They both made me smile,

and the one with the talking squirrel

(like our character Vernon)

made me laugh for minutes upon minutes!

(I’m afraid that I will wear out the play button

on my computer if I don’t stop rereading those two cards!)

Thank you my dear friends

for being in my life

and really gracing my life

with your presence.

I’m glad to still be here!  🙂

 

Debb

 


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My Morning Constitutional

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English: An illustration of a European Robins by Henrik Grönvold (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My walk today was wonderful –

English: Mated pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.

English: Mated pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

not because I got a lot of thinking and planning done

but because I felt like I was on a science class trip.

 

I saw and heard the great Canadian geese

come back for the season and trumpet

The lone male mallard

was just standing in the middle of the street, waiting

I even saw two loons (the bird type!)

hover over one of the small ponds around here

(Apparently they live down here in the Twin Cities now

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

instead of just up north around the lakes)

 

The rest of the birds

mourning dove (who didn’t mourn today)

chickadees

robins

and the rest of the regular variety

performed their own impromptu concert

They didn’t remember

that this neighborhood is known to be a quiet one

I guess I’d rather have bird songs break the quiet

and woodpeckers drilling on trees

than cars driving, music blaring

and people yakking

 

The ones from the amphibian world

the frogs that are always mating or dating

were still asleep – imagine that

 

And the weeping willow:

she was not weeping today

she is still trying to find the spring

 

As for my friends

I wish they were right here

but I will settle for them being in my heart

where I have a nice, comfy place for them

which I guard intensely

 

Dear friends,

As you greet the new day

remember I love  you

you’re never farther

than a thought away


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It Is Now Twilight of a Very Happy Day!

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English: Screenshot of Jay North from a 1961 promotional segment for the TV series Dennis the Menace Special segment filmed specifically for promotional use (not part of the series itself) Published without copyright notice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twilight.  That word isn’t used much, but it sure sounds romantic.

I remember it mostly back in the days when we watched Dennis the Menace reruns on cable, and Miss Cathcart sang the song, “Just a Song at Twilight”.  Our first cat, Molly, perked up her ears immediately and ran out of the room when Miss Cathcart sang the “light” part of the word.   🙂

Here it’s twilight now, with the clouds present (like they are all the time lately!) and the sky turning darker.

As I told you in another post today, I had a marvelous time with my friend Pat.  We walked a mall twice and had a good lunch somewhere.  What a good friend she is to me!

Then, later in the day, I had a first-rate consultation with my co-author Eric about our blog that is due to begin soon.    We are both looking forward to having this new adventure in our writing lives.  What a good friend I am blessed with!

Lastly, I drove to a restaurant to pick up dinner for Dave and me.  On the way back, the busy, 4 lane street that is very busy usually, was light enough in traffic that I was able to make a left-hand turn out of the restaurant – easily!  Oh my.

A big deal?  I think so.  I’m finding that the little things in life sure make up a majority of our lives.

I think I will remember the “quote” that I came up with just now.

Talk to you on Sunday, if not sooner!


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The Heart Walk

It turns out, Pat and I didn’t go to the Heart Walk this morning because of miserable weather.  So, we walked around a mall two laps and stopped for lunch.

My lunch was delicious:  strawberries and walnuts on top of dark lettuce with its own dressing, 2 breadsticks, milk, and soup.    Fortunately, since I originally ordered a different salad but noticed that the garganzola cheese was bleu cheese, that I am really allergic to, I noticed the mistake and got a better salad instead.  But hey, this upping of my vegetables and fruits is really fun!

Pat gave a me a fortune that she had found a couple of days ago and thought of me.  It says:

You are a lover of words.

Someday you will write a book.    That is one of my dreams, so you can imagine how excited I was to read my fortune!   🙂

Well, I just wanted to say “hey” – how is your day going?

 

Over and out,

Debb


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NaPoWriMo #17

 

Some things just don’t make sense

even if you’re on the fence.

It’s hard to stay sane

when all that  people around you care about is the mundane.

 

Hey brother, can you spare a smile?

Get rid of my inner bile?

Or better yet, take me away

‘Twould be good to see the Bay.

 

I need you so very much

to you and my friends I need to clutch

till this problem is over

and I can run and laugh in fields of clover.

Dear readers:  please add me to your prayer list today; it would be much appreciated.  Debb

 


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Such a Fine Day!

My bad cold is still hanging on, but I’m feeling better.  The snow is finally melting around here, and the sun is out.  Today I went to two appointments.  For those times, I saw one lady in the parking lot that complimented me on my hot pink purse – that made my day!   And I got to actually pet a service dog – poor thing is deaf, but he sure was cute!   He is a long-haired (white) Chihuhua.

I then took myself out to lunch with help from my honey, and when I got home I took a nice long walk with my friend Pat.  It sure is fun to catch up on news when you can be out walking in the sunshine!

Wishing you all a good day, and keep that smile on your face!

Debb


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NaPoWriMo #4

 

Yes, we have some bananas

We have some bananas today!

 

Yes, I know some poets

I’ve met them all on WordPress

I want to thank you all for following me

because you’re the greatest around!

 

I’m not writing stories currently,

Poems and anti-perfectionism need me;

but I’m wondering in my fair audience

if someone wants to be a storyteller with me.

 

We would have a blog on WordPress,

same blog and different story tellers.

Oh, the twists and turns a story could take!

I am REALLY hoping you”ll partake.

 

Please take good care of yourself,

remember you are friends with a silly girl called Elf.

She will make you laugh, guaranteed

for your laugh you won’t have to plead.

 

Tally ho, dear friend Moe ~

let’s write some poetry on the go.

 


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Such a Wonderful Thing is the Moon

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goodbye to La Palma (Photo credit: Florian Seiffert (F*))

Do you remember the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” ??

The full moon that I saw in the sky on my way home from work tonight was something very awesome.  It would have been a good moon to pattern a storybook picture after.

The moon had a haze around it — or shall I say, it looked like it was covered with see-through white gauze.   So totally serene!

Seeing the moon tonight made me wonder how many beauties of nature I miss each day or evening by being so busy that I may not want to take 30 extra seconds to stop what I’m doing and just rest and enjoy the view.  Or enjoy the people I am with.  Or just enjoy the state of I’m here.  I exist.  I can just BE.

Well, there’s at least one thing I don’t take for granted:  my readers and fellow bloggers.  To you all I say, “Goodnight, dear ones!”


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What I Am Thankful For

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English: Diamond Engagement Ring with side stones – In Platinum – 1791 Diamonds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: pink ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is a holiday in the U.S. that promotes thankfulness.

I wish giving thanks were on the forefront in other parts of the year too.

The holiday is known for feasting (and usually overeating).

Personally, I sort of gag on turkey and prefer other meats (if at all).

Back to the subject of giving thanks – here is my list of the past year (in chronological order):

1.  After dating a couple of years, my former husband and I decided we should marry again (see my countdown in the right margin).  It’s so much different, and better, this time around.  We wonder if it’s because of the difficult things we have had to go through the last five years that made us appreciate each other once again.

2.  I was in my first photo shoot in February; I saw my picture on a billboard on the way to work every day for 2 weeks in April.

3.  I found my new favorite author – Ken Barr of http://theroadcrew.wordpress.com  – and I asked him if he blogged and if so, where.  He said “WordPress”, and I was immediately hooked into this wonderful community we call WordPress.

3a.  Having three different blogs has really been a blessing in my life.  I have hit my writing stride and feel so artistically complete (and dreaming of and working on other projects too).  Thank You, God!

4.  Last April Fool’s Day I marked my 23rd year of work at the same company.  They have treated me very well.   I also have them to thank for my cancer care and recovery!

5.  At my job I have been learning many new tasks.  It is an exciting time there for me.

6.  I am thankful for all the incredible blogs I have been reading and for all the friends I’ve made through them.  So, in other words, you are my #6.

7.  My first follower on this blog, my first blog, is a phenomenal person.  (You know who you are)  His support and enthusiasm is a constant.

8.  I live in the U.S., which has its problems of course, but I love it here.

9.  I serve a God who loves me and wants the best for me.

10.  Last but not least, I am so glad I have life in my body, that I am here to write to you.   It’s an amazing journey!

Thank You, God,

and thank you, friends,

Love,

Debb


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Dying Person’s Prayer – In Three Perspectives

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My Prayer For All The Dying

Dear God,

I pray for all dying cancer patients –

If they’re sad, may the sadness lift,

May they turn to You in their last moments,

May they feel calm in the safety of your hand.

Give the gift of the peace from your love

And may they catch a glimpse of you and heaven

ahead of time, if that will encourage them.

Keep them safe in your care

until it is time for them to finally go home

and see their friends and family

waiting for them on that far shore.

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Amen.


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I Love Thursdays!

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Kindle 3 moved all major operates to the bottom. No comments on this point. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday is the day in the week that I have off from work (in addition to weekends).  I love to sleep in if I am able.  (I get up so early during the week, that 7:30 is sleeping in for me!)  Then I can take a long walk outside where I never get bored, since it seems there is always something new to see.  (When I walk from 4:30-5 a.m., although my neighborhood is safe, dark is dark and you can’t see a whole lot other than the blanket of stars and sometimes the moon in the sky.)

I can go to lunch with a friend or dine out alone with a handy book or Kindle to keep me company.  I usually manage to get my groceries, gas, and cash for the week, when everything is less crowded and lines are not long.

I  squeeze in some writing time, which is like an appealing reward coming my way.  I lose all track of time (and sometimes appetite) when I write, and it’s a wonderful way to while away some hours.

I  meet with friends on that day, too, so the smile on my face is in place the whole day.

I  love my day job and appreciate having it, but once in awhile it would be fun to not have to go to work – and spend my time like I do on Thursdays.

What is your favorite day of the week, and why?


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Soap Box #2

Fred at the Soap Box

Fred at the Soap Box (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now it is time to write about another soap box of mine.

Its theme is love, and how that needs to be expressed before it’s too late.

When my sister was dying in a hospital, I received a lot of courage into my being.  It made me talk to strangers and people in the family waiting room that didn’t know me at all.  I didn’t care, because the message I wanted to stress felt so important.  It still is.

You can’t assume that your friends and family and mate know you love them.  Sometimes people wear a very thick shell around them so they can’t always feel the emotions you are expressing to them.  (I should know, I wore this shell for many years.)  Some don’t trust anymore.  Some guess that you love them, but they don’t know for sure.    That’s why it’s so important you let them know – now!!

It sounds ridiculously simple and unnecessary.   But don’t be afraid…it can make their day or give them a cushion of love to snuggle into.

If you were raised in a generation where those things weren’t spoken, it’s not too late.

If you feel self conscious or stupid, write the words in a card and mail it to them.

Kind words bless both the receiver and the speaker.

Oh, and don’t forget, I love you.


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Prose Poem: Full Circuit

Prose poem:  Full Circuit

On Saturday morning, I woke early on my day off and wanted to take a walk to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I then got sidetracked by the computer and finally ate breakfast – because my body needed it.

I set off for my walk at 9 a.m. – still fairly early for most people.  However, I had wanted to leave earlier so I could enjoy nature by myself.   Some of my best writing happens on these walks, from my heart into my brain, and my writing takes off – if only in my head at first.

What lushness awaited me!  Fifty one degrees, and I only needed a long-sleeved shirt.  The sun played on everything – suburban streets, interesting architecture (I’ve always been fond of studying it), trees of many varieties among the rolling hills and streets and the city path in the woods that somehow connects everything.  I got to see a few of the trees turning color and apple trees supplying humans and birds with delicious vitamins.

English: Apple cultivation in Nepal

English: Apple cultivation in Nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Normally I take only 30 minute walks – big mistake!  What I’ve been missing since I haven’t been on my 1-2 hour jaunts on the weekends for a couple of years now!

I’m glad to be alive and see/hear/smell my surroundings.  And I took a walk – because I needed it.  Wow, such enjoyment to be had while doing something good for your body!

I will also be starting yoga soon – because I need it.  My body needs to come back to alignment and stretched often.   Ahh, I feel peaceful just thinking about it!

The nearby tennis courts beckon me to pay them regular visits in the spring, which I plan to follow up on.  Wish you guys were near enough to play with me!

The cartwheels that I always want to do when I’m happy:  they have to wait to be done by this body again, but they will be done!  Age matters not.

I feel like I did a full circuit today – not in the exercise sense, but in the way my spirit, soul and body all seemed to be fed today.  Today I’m drinking it all up – because I need it.   I even want to!

I like taking walks with friends or alone.  When alone, I can contemplate a lot and still be silent.   I thought back to one of my friend’s posts the other day, how I resonate with her concept of allowing others to be different from you and judging no one.

And as always, I wish you blessings, peace and love and all the joy your heart can hold.

Your friend,

Debb